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Summer Subject Residentials

Applications for the 2023 Subject Residentials are now closed.

If you have any questions about the Subject Residentials please email



What are the Subject Residentials?

The Subject Residentials are an opportunity for students to gain an insight into university learning at Cambridge, through subject taster sessions and lectures led by the College's academic community. The Residentials are designed around four broad discipline strands with multiple degree subjects explored within each:

  • Arts and Humanities (Possible subjects: ASNC, Classics, English, History, Languages, Philosophy, Theology);
  • Social Sciences (Possible subjects: Economics, Education, Geography, HSPS, Law);
  • Biological Sciences (Possible subjects: Biological and Chemical Natural Sciences, Medicine, PBS);
  • Physical Sciences (Possible subjects: Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Physical and Chemical Natural Sciences).

This structure allows students to consider and compare multiple subjects - including those they may not have previously encountered - and gain an insight into the connections and skills that underpin degree courses within each discipline.

The 2023 Subject Residentials will be held at Robinson College, one of the Colleges that form the University of Cambridge, as a residential event across two nights. Each strand will involve subject taster sessions, admissions information, and exploration of the College and the wider University. The event is free-of-charge, with accommodation and meals provided by the College. Travel expenses are not typically covered unless students meet our Travel Costs policy.

The Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences strands will take place 4-6 July; the Science strands will take place 7-9 July.

Please note that the exact subjects offered within each strand are yet to be confirmed, but will be communicated with applicants once finalised. Applicants are welcome to apply now, and are able to withdraw if the offered subjects are not of interest.


When do they take place?

  • Arts and Humanities (4-6 July 2023)
  • Social Sciences (4-6 July 2023)
  • Biological Sciences (7-9 July 2023)
  • Physical Sciences (7-9 July 2023)

Each Residential will fit around the University-wide July Open Days, to allow attendees to make best use of their time in Cambridge.


Who is it for?

The Subject Residentials are open to all students currently in Year 12 (England & Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) or S5 (Scotland).

If the programme is oversubscribed, we will prioritise applicants who:

  • Have an academic profile (e.g. subjects studied, predicted grades) suitable for progression to their stream at Cambridge.
  • Have at any time been under the care of a Local Authority.
  • Are currently eligible for Free School Meals, or who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
  • Are currently attending a school with low progression rates to higher-tariff universities.
  • Are the first in their immediate family to attend university.
  • Have home postcodes in areas with low local participation in Higher Education (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2).
  • Have home postcodes in areas of high socio-economic deprivation (IMD quintiles 1 and 2). 
  • Are from an ethnic background currently under-represented at the University of Cambridge (Black African, Black Caribbean, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arab, Roma, or Traveller).
  • Live or attend a school in our link areas of Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire or the London Borough of Wandsworth.


What are the key dates?


Applications open

Now open. Click here for application form.

Applications close

Monday 12 June, 11.59pm

Deadline for teacher verification form

Monday 12 June, 11.59pm

Deadline for guardian consent form

Monday 12 June, 11.59pm

Decisions communicated to applicants

By end of Monday 19 June



How do I apply?

Registration for the 2023 Subject Residentials are now closed.

Please apply by completing the online application form.

We will ask you for the following information in the application form:

  • Your details: first and last name, date of birth, postcode, school/college, email address;
  • Your current school subjects and predicted grades (if you do not have official predictions you will be asked to estimate the grades at which you are working);
  • Further contextual information related to our Widening Participation criteria;
  • Information about making any adjustments should you attend the event;
  • Name and contact details of a nominated school teacher or contact;
  • Name and contact details of a parent or guardian.

The application will be saved automatically so can be filled out in stages. Please make sure you open the form in the same browser to continue where you left off.


Teacher Verification

We ask students to provide a nominated school contact who can verify the academic information they provide within their application.

Nominated school contacts will receive an automatic email once the student has submitted their application form. This email will provide the verification form for that individual student, identified via their first name. If you are a teacher who is verifying multiple students with the same first name, please email

We do not require school contacts to provide a reference, simply to verify the information provided by the applicant.


If you have not received the automatic email, please follow the below steps:

  1. Confirm with your student that they submitted their application (they will have received an automatic email with a copy of their response if submitted successfully).
  2. Check your Junk or Spam mailbox. The email will be sent from 'Robinson College' (, with the subject line 'Robinson College - Summer Subject Residentials - Teacher Verification Required'.
  3. Email with 'Subject Residentials - Teacher Verification' in the subject line. Please include the name of your student and the name of the school in your email.